Pep Guardiola insists Mikel Arteta is free to join Arsenal
Pep Guardiola insists Mikel Arteta is free to join Arsenal
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Pep Guardiola insists Mikel Arteta is free to join Arsenal

With Mikel Arteta linked to Arsenal, Pep Guardiola has left the door open for his assistant manager to take the vacant managerial job at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta is the front runner to take the managerial job at Arsenal after they parted ways with Unai Emery following a difficult start to the season and replaced him with Freddie Ljungberg on an interim basis.

The Spaniard played for Arsenal from 2011 to 2016 and also skippered the club, winning back to back FA Cups and the Community Shield in the 2014-2015 season.

Speaking after the win over Arsenal, Guardiola insisted that he will not block Arteta's move to Arsenal, "He’s part of our staff, what is going to happen I don’t know.

Pressed on whether they have spoken about the Arsenal speculations, Guardiola replied, "No, we joke. 'Oh you have many offers, you have many offers, more than us!'

"But in the end it’s personal so when he wants to talk of course we are open to talk. But it’s private. I don’t want to make him uncomfortable."

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